Cheney Endorses McCain … but why?

This raises a key question: Does Cheney hate McCain so much that he actually wants him to lose — or is he merely so out of touch that he thinks this endorsement will help McCain?

Obama said in Colorado that congratulations were in order:

I’d like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn’t come easy. Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington’s biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney’s support.But here’s my question for you, Colorado: do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain’s going to bring change? Do you think John McCain and Dick Cheney have been talking about how to shake things up, and get rid of the lobbyists and the old boys club in Washington?

Colorado, we know better. After all, it was just a few days ago that Senator McCain said that he and President Bush share a “common philosophy.” And we know that when it comes to foreign policy, John McCain and Dick Cheney share a common philosophy that thinks that empty bluster from Washington will fix all of our problems, and a war without end in Iraq is the way to defeat Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda terrorists who are in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

So George Bush may be in an undisclosed location, but Dick Cheney’s out there on the campaign trail because he’d be delighted to pass the baton to John McCain. He knows that with John McCain you get a twofer: George Bush’s economic policy and Dick Cheney’s foreign policy — but that’s a risk we cannot afford to take.


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5 Responses to Cheney Endorses McCain … but why?

  1. TomG says:

    I believe that from day 1, the real driving force in the White House has been Cheney, not Bush, and personally I don’t think Cheney cares whether he’s in touch or not.
    He has an agenda and he’s sticking to it and McCain, if elected, would keep that agenda going. The agenda is oil, coal, his idea of foreign policy and anything that interferes, such as evidence of AGW, has to be stonewalled.
    On the other hand; while endorsement from Bush would be the kiss of death to McCain, a total lack of support from the White House has got to be disconcerting to a lot of traditional Republican voters.

  2. Andy says:

    The ‘nightmare’ is almost over (1/20/09). Good luck Barack…you’ll need it!

  3. Charlie says:

    If you haven’t watched the SNL skit of Bush endorsing McCain/Palin, do–it’s probably the best of the Fey-Palin skits, and includes lots of the themes mentioned in Obama’s and TomG’s comments. Linked from my name.

    I’m glad Obama capitalizing on the irony.

  4. Juan Santos says:

    Well, the punch line was this… not even Cheney could endorse McCain/ Palin without choking on it.. couldn’t get it out without coughing… the whole thing would be amusing if it weren’t so sick.

  5. Rick C says:

    The arrogance of Cheney to actually think his endorsement is the deal breaker only reveals that he regards the governance of the United States in the same way you run a corporation with hierarchical structure that issues instructions top down.